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Minneapolis City Council passes ordinance to strengthen protection for renters

Updated: September 13, 2019 06:32 PM

The Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance focused on supporting protections for renters, according to a news release from the city.

Under the new ordinance, the maximum a security deposit can be is one month's rent. 

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The new ordinance also gives property owners two options for screening potential renters. Property owners must use either inclusive screening criteria that are outlined in the ordinance or conduct an individualized assessment. 

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The inclusive screening criteria limits the consideration of criminal backgrounds and rental history, according to the city. The criteria also prohibits the use of screening credit scores. 

According to the city, the ordinance goes into effect on June 1, 2020. For property owners with 15 units or less, the ordinance goes into effect Dec.1, 2020. 

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